An exceptional antique Louis XV gilt & gesso mirror. Sourced from the South Of France this superior quality statement mirror is beautiful in all aspects. Pierced gilt decorative garland. Original mercury mirror plate adding quality & history to this fabulous mirror that would add style and drama to any setting such us bedroom/living room/hallway or commercial setting.
The mirror dates from 1740 known as The Louis XV period which is also known as Rococo and uses elements of the Baroque and Regency period excessively. Themes found in nature, such as plants, vines, and acanthus leaves, are forming the main source of inspiration for this style. Other motifs used are flowing scrolls, frills and curls on the gold leaf frames. Characteristics for this period is that motifs became more delicate and asymmetrical, resulting in a light and playful style.
All of our 18th and 19th century mirrors are individual works of art, framing a unique time-image of history. The majority of our mirrors contain their original mercury or silver nitrate mirror glass. Mercury glass consists of an alloy of mercury and tin that creates the reflecting surface. Original mirror plates have history and detailing that cannot be replicated and each mirror is unique. Foxing of the glass where the mirror plate ages over time adds timeless beauty to a mirror. The faded grandeur from years ago. Modern bland reproduction mirrors cannot match the beauty or tell a story when looked at as an original antique mirror.
156 cm height x 96cm width.
As a genuine antique/vintage piece there is wear and use commensurate with age. Some nibbles to surround. Bottom left of mirror has been restored after photos were taken. Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items. All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores